Suggestions, anyone?

A little administrivia. There are a few topics on this website that have no posts at all yet, or are otherwise a little thin. Which I would happily amend, but I need a few suggestions. I created the new products section because I thought it would be neat to review and discuss new products that have come out on the midwifery/parenting market, such as breastfeeding aids (pumps, shells, nursing bras etc.), the latest baby wrap that can keep the kiddo strapped to you in fashionable papoose style, the newest/bestest cloth diaper, or fastener etc. etc. The problem is, I don’t actually have any kids of my own yet, so I don’t really know what to review, and buying a nursing product when I’m not nursing is going to be sort of like a man trying to test out the latest greatest new tampon. So, does anyone have any suggestions for products which I can review? Alternately, if anyone would like to write up a review of a new product, feel free! You can e-mail your reviews to me at TheStudent@studentmidwife.org.

Additionally, there are still NO birth stories up in the birth stories section. And sure, I could certainly write about any of the amazing, beautiful births I have seen and attended, but I really was sort of hoping that other people would share their birth stories as well, either their own personal story, or the story of a birth they’d seen and attended. So, if anyone’s willing to bite the bullet on that one, we’d love to hear it! Send your stories to moi@studentmidwife.org, and I will post them sharpish (posts can be annonymous, using your first name only, or with your full name, it’s up to you). Otherwise, I will have to write up birth stories myself, which is fine by me, and it’s certainly nice to share the births I’ve seen with other people, but don’t you guys ever get tired of listening to me yap all the time? Yeah, I thought so. So, contribute!

Finally, if anyone has some lovely birth art they’d love to share, or any questions they’d like me to tackle, again, you know where to find me, and I am ready and eager to try to find answers to your questions, or post your artwork with loud praise. Full credit will be given to every artist, of course, and I can host the pictures on my server, so you don’t have to worry about bandwith.

Consider this an official call for submissions.

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3 Comments

  1. kyrap
    Posted November 2, 2005 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Shoot, I’m not a parent either, so not a good candidate for product reviews. Nor am I a midwife or birth attendant in any way (yet), so again not a good contributor!

    And for the record, I’d LOVE to hear your birth stories. And I’m certainly not tired of hearing you talk, hey – it’s your blog! That’s why I’m here :)

  2. heatherw
    Posted November 4, 2005 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Here’s a nursing product review!

    For a great chair, try the Pick-N-Glider! (pick-n-glider.com) This chair is designed for people to play guitar in, and many of the features (more specifically, lack of features) make it ideal for breastfeeding. Unlike the cushy ones available at baby stores, this chair provides good, strong back support. Also, it has no arms – which means, unlike the baby store gliders, you can actually do the football hold in the pick-n-glider. Additionally, it is WAY cheaper and smaller than other gliders.

    Another product I really liked for milk storage is the Nalgene 4oz straight jar
    (product #80912 at http://www.campmor.com). Although this product lacks the convenience of being able to have a nipple screwed onto it, it was well worth the extra “work” to transfer expressed milk into this container. They have wide, stackable rims, so they never came flopping out of the freezer onto our heads. The wide mouth also allowed us to transfer partially frozen milk into our daughter’s feeding bottles with a spoon. When you are done nursing, you can use them to hold cheerios, raisins, screws, glitter – whatever.

  3. The Student
    Posted November 4, 2005 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Woo! A nursing mother with something to say! Mind if I just cut and paste your reviews and re-post them under New Products (credit to you, of course)? Care to share a birth story or two, while you’re at it?

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